2 LPs on 1 CD: THE NEW SCENE OF KING CURTIS (1960)/SOUL MEETING (1960).
Personnel includes: King Curtis (tenor saxophone); Nat Adderly (cornet); Wynton Kelly (piano); Paul Chambers, Sam Jones (bass); Oliver Jackson, Belton Evans (drums).
Producers: Esmond Edwards, Ozzie Cadena.
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 21 and September 18, 1960. Includes liner notes by Jerry Wexler.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1994, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: King Curtis (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Nat Adderley (trumpet, cornet); Wynton Kelly (piano); Oliver Jackson, Belton Evans (drums).
Liner Note Author: Jerry Wexler.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (04/21/1960/09/18/1960); New Jersey (04/21/1960/09/18/1960); Nj (04/21/1960/09/18/1960).
Photographer: Lee Tanner.
Unknown Contributor Role: Belton Evans.
King Curtis, an influential and greatly in-demand R&B tenorman, made relatively few jazz dates in his career. This CD has two of the best, complete albums originally called The New Scene of King Curtis and Soul Meeting; the former is also available as a separate CD but should be skipped in favor of this one. Curtis teams up with the passionate cornetist Nat Adderley, pianist Wynton Kelly, either Paul Chambers or Sam Jones on bass and Oliver Jackson or Belton Evans on drums. The music is blues-based bop, with seven basic Curtis originals and four standards. Highly recommended, this set serves as proof that King Curtis could have been a viable jazz player. ~ Scott Yanow